Lost Pharaohs (Kegan Paul Library of Ancient Egypt)

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  • Series: Kegan Paul Library of Ancient Egypt
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710310471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710310477
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Falk on November 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
And indeed this entire book is filled with wonderful, fascinating things. We are with pioneer archaeologists as they dig through fifty centuries of time. We travel to
ancient Thebes, the Royal Valley, City of the Sun King. We learn how, after 4,600 years, the royal tomb of the Giza Pyramids was discovered, excavated, and
reconstructed-and what happened to those who dared to penetrate its secrets. We are witness to the incredible vision that greeted members of the Carter-Lord
Carnarvon expedition as they entered the perfectly preserved tomb of King Tut. Did his mummy really hold a curse? We read about the modern-day professor, who
upon entering a rich and ornate royal tomb found in the dust ou the floor footprints of the last person to leave-3,250 years ago!
Here is the world's most exciting detective story, told by a master reporter and Egyptologist, and filled with the adventures of those who were the first to unravel the
mysteries of this ancient
land. No one will ever know the real secret of the Sphinx, but modern archaeologists can tell us about the strange and fascinating people who built it.
THE LOST PHARAOHS takes you on an unforgettable journey along the Nile. Here is a civilization which has vanished and been recaptured, in our own time and on
these pages.
In search for material for his books on Ancient Egypt Leonard Cottrell has traveled nearly half a million miles. It is this on-the-spot reporting that makes his books
"come alive," even though he may be writing about a civilization 5,000 years old!
Born in Wolverhampton, England, in 1914, Mr. Cottrell is a senior writer and producer with the feature department of tine B.B.C. During the war he was a foreign
correspondent attached to the R.A.F.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NYC on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Once I opened this book I couldn't put it down. Leonard Cottrell writes in an engaging way, explaining how successive generations of Egyptologists developed the understanding of the ancient Egyptians, and their pyramids, palaces and temples. He often writes in the first person, so it sounds like an congenial uncle recounting stories of the halcyon days of archeology. The politics of the ancient Egyptian court, and the skullduggery of the ancient tomb robbers really come to life through Mr Cottrell's writing.

By Mr Cottrell's own admission this is not an academic textbook so don't expect lists of dates and names, chronological charts of important events and suchlike. Also this is not a book about the pyramids so there is no detailed technical explanation of how they were constructed. Mr Cottrell focuses more on the culture of the times, and the motivations of the pharaohs and their courtiers.

Some of the events I had read about before, like the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, but Mr Cottrell unfolds the story like a detective novel that really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Other things I had not read about before, like the relationship between Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, and the strange course of events that eventually resulted in the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. The lively description of the five thousand year battle between state officials and tomb robbers is particularly entertaining although the theft of a priceless tomb mural hours before Mr Cottrell's arrival felt rather gratuitous and grated with me.

One thing that came across clearly was the vast length of time that the pharaohs ruled over Egypt, which is difficult to comprehend at first.
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